If you’re planning on putting down the booze for the month, or maybe you’re already a sober hero and you’re just looking for a way to spice it up for October, look no further. We’ve put together some of the top tips from our team on how to enjoy this exciting event.
Firstly, let’s talk about what ‘Sober October’ is exactly…
Sober October, along with other similar events such as Dry January, was created in 2014 as a fundraising campaign for Macmillan Cancer Support.
The concept of ‘sober curious’ has become more and more popular in more recent years, with people reporting that they usually felt happier and healthier when they didn’t participate in a night of drinking. The well-known abstinence months have inevitably benefited from this, and with this burst in popularity, Sober October is now participated and enjoyed by many.
Tip 1: Healthy Habits For Your Sober October 2021
We’re sure you know that drinking alcohol on a consistent basis is thought to cause health problems like irregular sleeping patterns and lower immune health, alongside some other chronic issues. So, you can only imagine the health benefits that come with replacing your glass of wine with a bottle of Dry Dragon for, say, 31 days.
With only one booze-free month, many people have found that their levels of concentration and mood improve, as well as their memory and their ability to fall into a peaceful night’s sleep.
Tip 2: FOMO & Planning Ahead
We are big believers that FOMO (fear of missing out) should not interfere with your Sober October journey. There is no need to avoid gatherings where alcohol is present. In fact, why not plan ahead?
October is the start of event season, including Halloween, and as the weather begins to turn chilly, you will probably find yourself being invited to more and more seasonal events, whether they’re spooky discos, Bonfire Night get-togethers or even Christmas parties.
In order to keep your Sober October rocking and rolling, having a few suggestions for the drinks menu could be a good idea.
Tip 3: Non Alcoholic Cocktails To Try
Not to toot our own horn, but we have some of the finest and most delicious and alcohol-free drinks for you to try, guaranteed to make your Sober October even more interesting. As well as an exciting range of kombuchas, we have also worked up an impressive range of non-alcoholic cocktails.
Might we suggest the Sustained Melody, for instance? This serve includes a fun mix of Citrus Sherbert and honey, making it one of the best sober party companions. Add it to your drinks list and watch as all the non-drinkers make their way back to the dance floor!
Or perhaps the Cranberry Queen might be more up your street. With it’s festive vibes, this cocktail is sure to be a welcome and warming addition to your Sober October party.
Tip 4: Get Your Friends & Family Involved
Whilst participating in Sober October, you may find that other people will want to get involved. As sober curiosity builds in popularity, some of your close friends and family might also want to give it a go, which again, comes with loads of benefits.
Firstly, it will motivate you to stay on task! With more friendly faces around you, cheering you on as well as doing the same challenge, you will be even more likely to succeed and also, and most importantly, enjoy yourself.
Additionally, sharing your sober goals for the month of October will bring you more like-minded people to connect with for the future. More people like you? That can only be good news!
Tip 5: Setting Yourself Goals for ‘Mindful Drinking’
If you found yourself really enjoying Sober October and are considering carrying it on throughout the year, then maybe it’s time to explore ‘mindful drinking’ in more depth.
So, what is mindful drinking? We have spoken about mindful drinking here at REAL before and have even written about the Mindful Drinking Festival. But just in case you need a refresh, here is a definition of what we’d consider mindful drinking to be.
Doing anything mindfully means paying attention to your experience, moment to moment. In terms of mindful drinking, that can include the preparation of the drink – admiring the chill on the bottle, the way the light reflects through your serve, watching the head on the drink recede as the millions of light bubbles begin to accelerate upwards from the bottom of the glass – and it can also involve savouring the flavours that surprise your palate. Observe your tongue as each savoury or fruity note springs forth.
‘Mindful drinking’ can also have a secondary meaning, relating to the observation of your drinking habits – understanding what you’re drinking for. For example, if you’re at a restaurant on a date and you’re drinking purely to calm your nerves, perhaps you’re also spoiling the experience of the exquisite food you’ve ordered. In which case, a delicious, sophisticated non-alcoholic drink may just be your friend. Rather than getting silly on the booze, you can enjoy the moment and the food, while putting across a more measured, balanced version of yourself. And if you’re doing Sober October, this is likely to be something you’re already getting good at.
In addition to thinking ahead, why not set yourself a couple of goals for the month?
‘Not drinking alcohol for a month’ seems a little obvious, but aside from that, have a look at healthy habits you want to form for the future and use this time as a factory reset for yourself.
Maybe you want to go to bed a little earlier, or maybe you want to try and drink the recommended amount of 6-8 glasses of water a day?
Whatever it is, Sober October is a great time for making these changes to full effect, and with a clear mind to guide you.